Early Dumont network science discussion show.This episode was originally broadcast on February 18,1952.
March 10, 2010
Flawed, Creepy, But Interesting Classic TV
Documentry styles change over the years. There have been many styles popular, from the bleak style of 1970s documentries, to the nerdy style of 1980s documentries, to the cheesy "we've come so far!" style of early 1990s documentries to the "we're so bloody high tech and I'm so excited" style of late 1990s documentries.
This style of documentry may seem dated and creepy, but it's aged better than some other styles popular over the years.
In what is almost an infomercial for Johns Hopkins, we see how seemingly useless infomation can be useful, and how seemingly random discoveries can be useful for people. Of course the show is flawed in many ways (that guy is smoking a pipe?) but it's all so good natured and fun that you simply have to see it.
That pop-up that constantly appears is very annoying, though.